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How do I get technical help? by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Aug 25, 2011 01:42 PM
Have questions regarding Desire 2 Learn (D2L)? Assistance is available.
Tips for Starting a D2L Course Site by batesa66 — last modified Dec 27, 2013 02:59 PM
This FAQ has links to the basic steps needed to create a D2L Course Site.
How do I make my course available for students? by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Dec 29, 2014 10:59 AM
Instructors have the ability to open or close a course site at any time. Instructions for doing so are included.
How do I change my password? by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Aug 02, 2012 11:51 AM
How do log in to Desire2Learn (D2L)? by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Aug 14, 2012 01:44 PM
Information on logging into D2L and navigating to an individual course site.
How do I add/remove links from the navbar? by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Jul 09, 2015 11:35 AM
Adding and removing links to the navigation bar will allow your students to access various tools in D2L, such as Online Rooms, LInks, etc.
How do I add/remove links from "Other Tools" section of the navbar? by batesa66 — last modified Jul 03, 2012 11:43 AM
Instructors can add links to the "Other Tools" link within the navigation bar. This FAQ gives step by step instructions from beginning to end on adding links to "Other Tools" and then activating the new navigation bar.
How do I copy course components into a new semester or course site? by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Aug 04, 2014 11:26 AM
Video tutorial for transferring course materials (content, discussions, quizzes, etc) into a new semester.
How do I find the Course OU number? by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Jul 10, 2012 09:40 AM
If you need help with a specific course, please give us your 7-digit course OU# when emailing or calling. The OU# (organizational unit number) is a unique identifier D2L creates for your course.
How do I use the audio capture feature? by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Oct 07, 2015 10:51 AM
D2L gives instructors the ability to record short (6-minute) audio clips and attach them to news items, discussions, when creating a dropbox, or leaving feedback in the dropbox area.
How do I manage News Items? by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Jan 02, 2014 03:51 PM
After a news Item has been read, it can be dismissed and stored in an archive area. The archives can be accessed at any time.
How do I create a News Item? by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Aug 06, 2012 10:34 AM
The News section of D2L is the first thing students see when they enter your course site. It is a good idea to include at least one news item.
How do I manage notifications? by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Jun 29, 2012 02:55 PM
Notifications allow a user to receive emails when certain actions are taken in a course. For example, you can receive email notification when a news item is added or updated, an updated count of new discussion posts, or a reminder before a dropbox closes.
How do I find out about news pertaining to D2L? by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Jun 01, 2012 01:44 PM
D2L is constantly changing. Instructors can sign up to receive email announcements regarding outages, training opportunities, feature updates, etc.
How do I combine Cross-listed or multi-section courses? by Ledwell, Brian A — last modified Apr 13, 2015 08:49 AM
If you have a crosslisted or multi-sectioned course, the two separate sites can be combined into one site. Combining course sections allows you to have all of your students and course materials in one convenient location. Combining D2L course sites will also combine your D2L-linked Library Course Pages into one page, with library resources (e-reserves, reference databases, etc.) for that course. Please click the link below to complete the Combination Request form. NOTE: You will be prompted to login with your NetID before you can complete the form.
Images by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Jun 29, 2012 02:55 PM
Tips for Creating a File (HTML item) in D2L by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Dec 09, 2012 10:00 AM
Creating HTML files in D2L makes accessing information for the viewer easier, but formatting can often frustrate the creator. This is especially true when the original document is in MS Word. Use these tips for easier transfer from MS Word to HTML.
How do I add an RSS feed to a section of D2L? by batesa66 — last modified Sep 28, 2016 01:05 PM
Instructors can add an RSS feed from Google Reader to the Content, Discussions, or News sections of D2L. Note: These instructions only direct users to embed a Google Reader RSS feed.
How do i add a student opinion survey? by Hafemeister, Ashley A — last modified May 13, 2014 10:51 AM
instruction on how to add a student opinion survey (SOS ) to a D2L online course
How to Create a Widget in Twitter by Hafemeister, Ashley A — last modified Sep 28, 2016 11:43 AM
How to Create a New Course Home Page by Hafemeister, Ashley A — last modified Dec 30, 2014 03:11 PM
How Do I Export Course Materials? by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Mar 18, 2013 01:22 PM
Course materials can be exported from D2L and saved, the package can then be imported at a later time or into another instance of D2L. Student data, such as grades, discussion posts, and dropbox submissions are NOT included in the exported files.
How do I use Replace Strings in D2L? by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Aug 16, 2013 04:11 PM
Replace strings are a way for instructors to personalize communications with students. Instead of having to type pieces of information that is specific to each student, the instructor types in a generic piece of information (Example: Dear First Name). D2L then inserts the specific piece of information for the correct individual (Example: Dear John).
How do I use Release Conditions? by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Feb 17, 2014 02:25 PM
Release conditions allow an item in D2L to become visible only after the student has completed another activity.
How to create Intelligent Agents on D2L by jamesm74 — last modified Oct 10, 2014 01:39 PM
Intelligent Agents are automated emails that send to the students at designated times by the instructor.
Brightspace (D2L) Regional Users Forum by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Nov 04, 2014 09:24 AM
Have questions about the Brightspace Regional Users Forum? This is the page for answers.
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - Annual Meeting 2015 by Bradway, Sarah T — last modified Feb 04, 2015 03:55 PM
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